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4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
12/18/2014   Post a comment
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   Post a comment
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Make in India Taking Vision to Reality for Indian Semiconductor Manufacturing
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2014   (3) comments
India's Make in India push has resulted in two new semicondcutor fabs in the country. It's a good start, but the country will have to move carefully to ensure economic success.
Fostering a Spirit of Supply Chain Innovation
Logical Link  
12/17/2014   Post a comment
We talk about innovation, but we need to ask ourselves what it really means for the supply chain.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
John Walko  
12/16/2014   Post a comment
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
Max Maxfield  
12/12/2014   (7) comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
R. Colin Johnson  
12/11/2014   Post a comment
DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson, developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, but it is being made available free and open-source.
8 Places Wireless Charging Is Hitting Mainstream
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2014   (12) comments
Soon wireless charging will be one of those "how did we ever live without it" technologies. Today, applications are cropping up everywhere.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
iPhone EarPod Packaging Misses the Design for Environment Boat
Pamela Gordon  
12/10/2014   (5) comments
Apple makes great products, as the popularity of all sorts of iDevices proves. The packaging, though, of the recently-released EarPods misses some basic Design for Environment principals.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
Jessica Lipsky  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different than the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply or to reason and make inferences.
How SMT Component Packages Affect Manufacturing
Michael Allen  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Reels, mini-reels, cut tape, trays, tubes, bulk… Here's how your choice of SMT component package impacts manufacturing.
4 Phases of Supply Chain Finance: A Tale of One Company’s Journey
Dan Juliano  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Often, an example is better than a lecture. We're tracing one company's journey through its supply chain finance mistakes and final success, to offer a pointer to those who are starting down this path.
Big Data & Analytics: Core to Next-Gen Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
With the help of big data and analtyics, companies can produce a more efficient and agile supply chain driven by valuable data. But research suggests that Asia-Pacific manufacturers might need a little push.
2014 Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   (9) comments
Take a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Junko Yoshida  
12/4/2014   (2) comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
Introducing the New City, Running on the IoT
Logical Link  
12/4/2014   (5) comments
The electronics industry has its eye on the Internet of Things. As the number of devices explodes, a new customer is coming onto the scene: smart cities.
Catcher Drones to Geo-Fence Industrial Sites
Julien Happich  
12/3/2014   (1) comment
Once more in October, drones were making the headlines in France, with unidentified units reportedly flying over the country's state-operated nuclear power plants.
Know What High-Tech Online Shoppers Want
Change in the Chain  
12/3/2014   (21) comments
Electronics OEMs need to pay attention to consumer experience in order to win the race to capture customer loyalty.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
Jessica Lipsky  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Poor Planning & Lack of Staffing Threaten Manufacturing Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/1/2014   (13) comments
Manufacturing is a growth industry, but a huge talent gap might slow things down, a new survey said.
Mobile Payment Technology Reaching Critical Mass?
Rich Pell  
11/27/2014   (11) comments
Long predicted but always seeming to be "just around the corner," mobile payments may finally have arrived.
The 10 Commandments of Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
Our industry doesn't have to be caught in the upcoming worker shortage. Start early, with these 10 easy rules, and attract the best and brightest workers of the millennial generation.
Industry Growth Pushes Demand for Global Services & Certified Quality Laboratories
Kirk Wehby  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
There's been a steady increase in demand from electronics manufacturers and OEMs for dedicated, customized inventory management solutions and international logistics solutions.
What Are You Wearing?
David Blaza  
11/21/2014   (13) comments
The wearables market is at $6 billion this year and is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2019. What are you wearing? What will you be wearing soon?
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
Rich Pell  
11/20/2014   (7) comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Semiconductor Companies Bloated by Unhealthy Business App Diet
Chanan Greenberg  
11/20/2014   (3) comments
Many semiconductor and component manufacturers are very focused on watching those pennies while the dollars slip away. A close look at business app potentially yields huge savings.
Make Money With the Internet of Things
Sherly Mendoza  
11/19/2014   (5) comments
For the IoT to take off, there must be profit in it somewhere. Here are some tips.
Why Net Neutrality Preserves a Free-Market Economy for IoT Success
Apek Mulay  
11/19/2014   (16) comments
Mass capitalism-based reforms offer a free-market solution to achieve net neutrality for the IoT with minimal government intervention, a smaller government, and lower taxes on individuals.
3 Ways to Enhance Supplier Relationships for a Stronger Supply Chain
David Riffel  
11/18/2014   (2) comments
A focus on the "relationship" aspect of supplier relationship management yields excellent results for the supply chain.
Crowdfunding the Future of Hardware: Small Volume, Big Impact
Sam Wurzel  
11/17/2014   (3) comments
Crowdfunding is driving innovation in small volume manufacturing.
Augmented Reality Coming Soon to a Supply Chain Near You
Logical Link  
11/17/2014   (2) comments
More than just a gimmicky technology, augmented reality has the potential to change the way logistics and supply chain activities are handled. A new report from DHL explores how AR can support warehouse, transportation, and delivery management.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Aubrey Kagan  
11/15/2014   Post a comment
While reading a book that referenced an encrypted communications system used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War, Aubrey Kagan realized he'd had a part in designing this system.
Modified Corvette Allows Quadriplegic to Drive Again
Patrick Mannion  
11/14/2014   (7) comments
Ex Indy driver Sam Schmidt, paralyzed in a race car accident, talks about being able to drive again via a specially modified Corvette that responds to his head movements using infrared sensors.
Mobile Impacts Logistics More Than the PC Revolution
Jim O'Reilly  
11/14/2014   (4) comments
Mobile changes all of our interactions -- with people and with data. The logistics impacts are immense.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
Patrick Mannion  
11/13/2014   (3) comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
$400 Noise-Cancelling Headphones vs. $25 Earmuffs
Max Maxfield  
11/12/2014   (7) comments
How do $400 noise-cancelling headphones compare to $25 earmuffs in an airplane environment?
Gizmos & Gadgets From Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular
Alison Dorantes-Garcia  
11/11/2014   (2) comments
A portable satellite hotspot, the first commercially available facial recognition for home monitoring devices, and other interesting technologies all make an appearance at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular in San Francisco.
Live Chat 11/12: Secure the Supply Chain From Hackers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2014   (9) comments
Cyberthreats may be one of the biggest risks that the average electronics OEM, CM, or component manufacturer needs to manage. Join us for a live chat to discuss the reality of these threats and what to do about them.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
Rick Merritt  
11/10/2014   Post a comment
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainability in the Supply Chain Pays Off
Change in the Chain  
11/10/2014   (9) comments
Electronics OEMs have a bunch of reasons to build sustainability into the supply chain. Being a good corporate citizen is just the tip of the iceberg.
London Comms Museum Ticks All the Right Boxes
John Walko  
11/7/2014   (1) comment
London's Science Museum communications and IT sectors tick all the right boxes.
Freescale Brings the Internet of Things to a Safer Vehicle
Carolyn Mathas  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
Two recent announcements by Freescale ensure the reality of an IoT car and a safer vehicle through tire-pressure sensing.
Startups & Their Supply Chain Fit
Logical Link  
11/6/2014   (1) comment
The high-tech startup scene is, undoubtedly, worth watching from a supply chain planning perspective, since its promise or failure could boost or hurt your own business or logistics operations.
Address Supply Chain Challenges With Cloud Technology
Udaya Shankar  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
Especially along the global supply chain, cloud-based solutions offer clear value, from increasing speed and agility to cutting costs.
5 Most Common Social Media Problems & How Procurement Pros Can Solve Them
Peter Friedman  
11/5/2014   Post a comment
OEMs will increasingly turn to social media for both corporate branding and solid supply chain information.
This Shirt Could Save Your Life
Ariella Brown  
11/4/2014   (29) comments
For heart attacks, a rapid response to any danger signs can make the difference between a full recovery and permanent damage.
Internet of Things Set to Transform Logistics in Supply Chains
Chris Power  
11/3/2014   (4) comments
The advent of low-cost sensors is bringing the Internet of Things to the logistics industry. Organizations that can figure out how to collect and analyze the right data will be well ahead in the job of streamlining logistics activities.
Scaling Social Media Programs to Maximize Value: What Procurement Professionals Need to Know
Peter Friedman  
10/30/2014   (13) comments
Social media is becoming a critical tool for businesses, but these organizations may need some professional help getting started.
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